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Sinkhole Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.0 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 49' 15 m
Descent: -260' -79 m
High: 793' 242 m
Low: 551' 168 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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Trail shared by Clinton Lewis

A short, fun trail that connects the visitor center to the Green River Ferry.

Clinton Lewis

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail makes for a great place to catch a glimpse of deer and turkey, and the short distance makes this a great option for families.

Description

From the Mammoth Cave Hotel, the trail begins as a spur off of the paved Heritage Trail. The wide singletrack is mostly crushed gravel with several areas of natural dirt surface. Also notable are many steps on the trail for accessibility and erosion control. From this direction, the trail is downhill nearly the whole way, which makes for a fast, fun outing.

Watch your footing, however, as the wood beams that form the top of the steps tend to be slick when it's wet... which with Kentucky humidity is all the time. Points of interest include the Mammoth Dome Sink, a large sinkhole that forms the roof of one of the best known features in the cave below. Just beyond the sink, the trail intersects with the River Valley Trail.

Continuing down the slope, the trail intersects with the White Caves Trail to return to the Mammoth Cave Campground and Hotel. The Sinkhole Trail terminates near the Echo River Springs Trail and namesake water feature. Turning left on the Echo River Springs Trail will lead you to the Green River Ferry parking lot and a porta potty.

Flora & Fauna

Kentucky old growth forest. Good chance to see deer and turkey.

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Apr 17, 2020
Angella Watson
Jul 10, 2019
Kelli Baxstrom
Jul 4, 2019
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Apr 6, 2019
Nick Simon
May 27, 2018
Abhishek Sutrave
Apr 29, 2018
Maureen Howells
1mi — 0h 45m
Aug 27, 2017
David Whittinghill
Aug 15, 2017
Taylor Scifo

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  4.2 from 5 votes

#4

in South Side

#7955

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in South Side

#88

in Kentucky

#7,955

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Photos

On the boardwalk through the trees.
May 26, 2016 near Brownsv…, KY
Sunset in the winter at Mammoth Cave National Park.
Mar 14, 2016 near Brownsv…, KY
A visitor feels the cool water flowing out of Echo River Springs. Photo credit: NPS Photo.
Jun 1, 2017 near Brownsv…, KY
Old Guides Cemetery.
Mar 14, 2016 near Brownsv…, KY
Fun descent on the Sinkhole Trail.
May 25, 2016 near Brownsv…, KY

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